All about friends

New schools and new environments can present challenges for making friends, but we value our friends for a reason, and kindergartners will appreciate this list of books, all packed with wisdom on the timeless theme of friendship.

By GreatSchools Staff

Letters from a Desperate Dog

Letters from a Desperate Dog by Eileen Christelow
Clarion Books (2006), $16

Narrated from the perspective of Emma, the eponymous "desperate dog," this book captures the problems that arise from interactions between humans and pets, describing poor Emma's search for advice on how better to communicate with her owner. Readers will be able to relate to this witty — and creative — imagining of the inner life of a frustrated pet.

How to Be a Friend

How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them by Laurie Kransy Brown and Marc Brown
Little, Brown Young Readers (1998), $7

Dinosaurs dish the facts on friendship. Using silly and accessible illustrations, the authors of How to Be a Friend explore ways to make friends and demonstrate effective methods for coping with difficult social situations and emotions, including arguments, bullying, and rejection.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
Philomel Books (2005), $17

A young boy finds a lost penguin on his stoop and embarks on a journey to help the penguin find its way home. But after a big trip in a tiny rowboat — all the way to the South Pole — the boy realizes that the penguin was never lost; he was just lonely! This tale of an unlikely friendship, with watercolor illustrations that are both lush and simple, is off-the-charts adorable.

May I Bring a Friend?

May I Bring a Friend?

May I Bring a Friend? by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers, illustrated by Beni Montresor
Aladdin (1989), $7.99
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This gentle, rhyming story about a boy who is a regular visitor to the king and queen might well become one of your child's favorites. Each time the boy goes to visit, he politely asks to bring a friend. Each time the king and queen tell him that any friend of his is welcome — though his choice of friends will surprise and amuse your child. A Caldecott Medal winner. 48 pages.

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Yo! Yes?

Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka
Scholastic (1993), $7

This unique book uses only 34 words to show how a friendship between two boys develops. After reading this book to your child, discuss the feelings each of the boys' experiences after meeting for the first time. A Caldecott honor book.